Cou­ple’s recipe for suc­cess

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FOR many peo­ple, work­ing with your spouse pro­vides added ad­van­tages, while for oth­ers the con­se­quences are dire.

Co-own­ing and op­er­at­ing An­chor Bar has only strength­ened Josh Knut­son and Leah McMillan’s re­la­tion­ship.

In some­what fairy­tale fash­ion, the pair knew each other in their mother coun­try New Zealand be­fore cross­ing paths in Australia.

Now en­gaged and with their busi­ness turn­ing one this week­end, the pair are re­flect­ing on how they have made it this far.

“The pos­i­tives out­weigh the neg­a­tives and it is very ful­fill­ing,” Ms McMillan (soon-to-be Mrs Knut­son) said.

Mr Knut­son said there was no magic for­mula to mak­ing it work – it’s just that Ms McMillan’s skills are com­pat­i­ble with his.

“We both have the com­fort and sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing that the most im­por­tant per­son in our lives sup­ports us fully, both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally,” he said.

The cou­ple rec­om­mends that spouses in­ter­ested in start­ing a busi­ness to­gether need to de­fine their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“Take a ‘divide and con­quer’ ap­proach to your busi­ness and have a clear un­der­stand­ing of who is in charge of cer­tain things,” Mr Knut­son said.

They say it also helps to sep­a­rate home and work is­sues.

“We are both pas­sion­ate about what we do but it is im­por­tant to sep­a­rate our per- sonal and pro­fes­sional lives,” Ms McMillan said.

Fi­nally, they cou­ple stress that you shouldn’t make your work your en­tire life. They both agree it’s im­por­tant to find a way to dis­con­nect from your busi­ness and take time for your per­sonal life to­gether.

"It's good to have a busi­ness part­ner that has your in­ter­ests at heart," Mr Knut­son said.

REAL LOVE STORY: Run­ning their own busi­ness is a breeze for Josh Knut­son and Leah McMillan.

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